The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit considers a lawsuit by auto body shops against insurance companies who allegedly engaged in two tactics to depress the body shops’ rates for automobile repair (Quality Auto Painting Ctr. of Roselle / State Farm)

In the decade since the Supreme Court’s decision in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, [1] courts have struggled with how to deal with horizontal conspiracy allegations in antitrust cases in the absence of evidence of an explicit agreement among competitors—evidence that may be hard to come by without formal discovery. In examining this issue, the Eleventh Circuit recently reversed a district court dismissal order, ruling 2-1 that the allegations contained within the four corners of the complaint were sufficient to allege an antitrust conspiracy, even in the absence of explicit evidence of an agreement. The Alleged Conspiracy: Horizontal Price Fixing and Group Boycott. In In re Auto Body Shop Antitrust Litigation, [2] the Eleventh Circuit considered a lawsuit brought by auto body shops

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Swathi Bojedla, The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit considers a lawsuit by auto body shops against insurance companies who allegedly engaged in two tactics to depress the body shops’ rates for automobile repair (Quality Auto Painting Ctr. of Roselle / State Farm), 7 September 2017, e-Competitions September 2017, Art. N° 96370

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